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BPC 5.1 and BI 7.0 New Implementation Strategies until BPC 7.0

Dear SAP CPM Experts and SMEs,

We are working with a client who has chosen to implement SAP (BPC and BI) for their Financial Planning, Consolidation, and Reporting processes. They currently are live with most of their businesses with SAP R/3 (version <4.7). They are not currently using SAP BI. So they are interested to take advantage of SAP BI 7.0 business content for Master Data and extraction of actuals.

The blueprint phase will begin in early Jan 08. The end architecture will be BPC 7.0 running on BI 7.0. Given product availability for BPC 7.0 we are trying to figure out a strategy of how to approach the blueprint (specifically around data modeling, process design in BPC, and integration between BPC and BI).

From what we understand from SAP, the BPC 7.0 will use its own unique naming space in BI 7.0 which I think entails its own version of Master Data and Transaction data (InfoObjects and InfoCubes specific to BPC).

- How do we approach the blueprint for this project?

- Can we design and build both BI 7.0 and BPC 5.1 until BPC 7.0 is in ramp-up?

- Do we model the SAP BI layer after Business Content and assume that we can integrate this easily to BPC 7.0 once ready with no re-work or re-desgin?

- How should we model the dimensions and applications in BPC to take advantage of the SAP structures in the BPC 5.1 version and require minimum work to integrate to BI 7.0 once BPC 7.0 version is available?

- How will the migration work in regards to our approach for BPC 7.0? How much re-work can we expect?

- What is the transport process (change control) for the BPC application - does it generate an SAP transport like SEM? How are changes made through the landscape?

I would appreciate specific answers and documentation links. I have read this forum extensively and have seen references to documents such as the transport process but have not been able to find them on SDN.

Thanks in advance for your help. Points will be awarded for all helpful answers.

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    Posted on Dec 03, 2007 at 09:12 PM

    Hi,

    - How do we approach the blueprint for this project?

    I have been working on a customer with a similar project. Currently you can use the BI Extractors to go directly from SAP ERP --> SAP BPC for their actuals however once the data is dumped into a flat file you will have to manipulate this data and put it into a format that you can import via the data manager.

    - Can we design and build both BI 7.0 and BPC 5.1 until BPC 7.0 is in ramp-up?

    Yes, and I in fact recommend getting BI 70 up and running first instead of going through the previous approach. The reason being is that there will be manipulations that need to take place to get your ERP data in a format ready for consumption by BPC. This can be done in BI 70 and the transformations can be used to format the output to an Open Hub Destination and eventually out to a flat file which can be consumed by BPC 5.1 and the Data Manager.

    When you upgrade to BPC 7.0 the process of migrating this transformation becomes an easy re-direction of your transformation. Instead of your transformation pointing out to an Open Hub Destination it will point out to you BPC 7.0 InfoCube which will have close to the same format as what exists in BPC 5.1

    - Do we model the SAP BI layer after Business Content and assume that we can integrate this easily to BPC 7.0 once ready with no re-work or re-desgin?

    The format of the data model inside of BPC 7.0 will be close to identical to that of BPC 5.1 with very minimal changes. So no this will not be modeled after BI Content, however if you follow my provisioning instructions above once BPC 70 is ready the re-work should be very minimal.

    - How should we model the dimensions and applications in BPC to take advantage of the SAP structures in the BPC 5.1 version and require minimum work to integrate to BI 7.0 once BPC 7.0 version is available?

    Follow the modeling best practices for BPC 5.1, the BPC 70 structures in NetWeaver will mimic the 5.1 structures quite a bit.

    - How will the migration work in regards to our approach for BPC 7.0? How much re-work can we expect?

    There will be migration tools, however to what extent they will exist and how comprehensive they will be is to be determined.

    - What is the transport process (change control) for the BPC application - does it generate an SAP transport like SEM? How are changes made through the landscape?

    BPC 5.1 does not currently support a CTS type of transport mechanism however you can use the server manager tool to backup your application(s) on your DEV system and restore this on QA. BPC 70 will have a transport mechanism built in.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Cheers,

    Scott

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    Posted on Dec 03, 2007 at 05:49 AM

    Dear BI_Consultant,

    At this point of time we do not have any clear information on BPC 7.0 and BI 7.0 Integration. BPC is running in separate system and there are no tools like transport organizer. It will be object copy by making use of standard scripts in SQL server base.

    Best Regards

    Shesh

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